Little Money or Media Attention for Grieving White Mothers' Sons

Eric Garner's, Trayvon Martin's, Tamir Rice's, and Michael Brown's mothers appeared on Anderson Cooper last Friday night bemoaning the fate of their four sons.

All four said if their kids were white, they would still be alive.  Give me a break.  Whites get killed by cops, too, and there are no trips to Geneva or Great Britain or theatrics on Good Morning America. Young white male lives extinguished by the police don't seem to matter when it comes to online fundraising, foundations, and race-baiting lawyers with connections to the White House.

Characteristically, 20-year-old Dillon Taylor fits the same pattern as Brown, Rice, Garner, and Martin.  Taylor, a troubled young man with a criminal record, was unarmed when shot by a police officer in August 2014.  Racially, Taylor didn't match up to the others.  He was a “white Hispanic” killed by a “non- white” police officer, according to local news reports.  Not very newsworthy or lucrative.  Taylor's Gofundme memorial website set up in his name shows that donations hit only $550.00.

Contrast that with Tamir Rice, killed last month, three months after Taylor.  Rice's fundraising goal of $50,000 has already been exceeded, coming in at $60,234.

Eighteen-year-old Joseph Jennings of Ottawa, Kansas, white and troubled, was also shot and killed by a police officer in August 2014.  Jennings's Gofundme donations so far show $2,435.  The heartfelt plea from his brother reads, "please help my family…we are not financially stable."

Supporters of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old killed in Ferguson, Missouri during the same month as Jennings, raised $288,000 a couple of weeks after his death, according to the Gofundme website.

Another white kid, 17-year-old Christopher Roupe of Euharlee, Georgia, was shot by a female police officer in February 2014 when she went to his home to serve a warrant on the youth's father.  Contributions for Roupe's funeral expenses were made through Wells Fargo Bank and not available online.  A Facebook page states that "we are taking donations to help the family with funeral costs."

By all accounts Roupe's death was the most newsworthy and tragic of all the recent shootings, so why weren't his family members on CNN?  Trayvon Martin's parents settled a million-dollar lawsuit against the homeowner's association where their son died, and the Trayvon Martin Foundation lists as supporters multimillion-dollar organizations like The Children's Defense Fund, the NAACP, the National Action Network, and the National Urban League.  How does a black kid pummeling a neighborhood watch guy rate all this money and media attention while an allegedly innocent white teenager hardly gets a mention on the evening news?

Eric Garner's family is also bringing in tens of thousands of dollars on his memorial fund website.  The latest tally is $31,207.  Garner, a father of six, was no saint.  He had been arrested 31 times before his last fatal encounter with police on Staten Island.  But Garner was black and killed by cops.  Cha-ching.

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Eric Garner's, Trayvon Martin's, Tamir Rice's, and Michael Brown's mothers appeared on Anderson Cooper last Friday night bemoaning the fate of their four sons.

All four said if their kids were white, they would still be alive.  Give me a break.  Whites get killed by cops, too, and there are no trips to Geneva or Great Britain or theatrics on Good Morning America. Young white male lives extinguished by the police don't seem to matter when it comes to online fundraising, foundations, and race-baiting lawyers with connections to the White House.

Characteristically, 20-year-old Dillon Taylor fits the same pattern as Brown, Rice, Garner, and Martin.  Taylor, a troubled young man with a criminal record, was unarmed when shot by a police officer in August 2014.  Racially, Taylor didn't match up to the others.  He was a “white Hispanic” killed by a “non- white” police officer, according to local news reports.  Not very newsworthy or lucrative.  Taylor's Gofundme memorial website set up in his name shows that donations hit only $550.00.

Contrast that with Tamir Rice, killed last month, three months after Taylor.  Rice's fundraising goal of $50,000 has already been exceeded, coming in at $60,234.

Eighteen-year-old Joseph Jennings of Ottawa, Kansas, white and troubled, was also shot and killed by a police officer in August 2014.  Jennings's Gofundme donations so far show $2,435.  The heartfelt plea from his brother reads, "please help my family…we are not financially stable."

Supporters of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old killed in Ferguson, Missouri during the same month as Jennings, raised $288,000 a couple of weeks after his death, according to the Gofundme website.

Another white kid, 17-year-old Christopher Roupe of Euharlee, Georgia, was shot by a female police officer in February 2014 when she went to his home to serve a warrant on the youth's father.  Contributions for Roupe's funeral expenses were made through Wells Fargo Bank and not available online.  A Facebook page states that "we are taking donations to help the family with funeral costs."

By all accounts Roupe's death was the most newsworthy and tragic of all the recent shootings, so why weren't his family members on CNN?  Trayvon Martin's parents settled a million-dollar lawsuit against the homeowner's association where their son died, and the Trayvon Martin Foundation lists as supporters multimillion-dollar organizations like The Children's Defense Fund, the NAACP, the National Action Network, and the National Urban League.  How does a black kid pummeling a neighborhood watch guy rate all this money and media attention while an allegedly innocent white teenager hardly gets a mention on the evening news?

Eric Garner's family is also bringing in tens of thousands of dollars on his memorial fund website.  The latest tally is $31,207.  Garner, a father of six, was no saint.  He had been arrested 31 times before his last fatal encounter with police on Staten Island.  But Garner was black and killed by cops.  Cha-ching.

Read more Evans at exzoom.net.